Day of the Dead events

Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) marks a social ritual of families remembering their dead and celebrating the cycle of life and death with friends and relatives.

U of L has many events around town (call 852-2034 for more information):

–An altar at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1406 E. Washington St., will honor 20th century Trappist monk, activist and author Thomas Merton. Activities will include a 6 p.m. Mass in Spanish and children’s art projects, paper flower-crafting, face-painting, music and food.

–Parade from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 during the First Friday Trolley Hop

–Spanish language upper-level students will display decorated altars Oct. 31-Nov. 5 in UofL’s Ekstrom Library. Also on display in the library will be altars by Latin American and Latino studies students to memorialize Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, Mexican singer Chavela Vargas and classmate Anthony Flaherty.

–An altar contest Oct. 31-Nov. 3 will highlight displays at 10 local restaurants and stores serving the Hispanic community; the contest is organized by the Spanish section of classical and modern languages with Spanish-language publication Al Dia en America.

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